My New Life In Honolulu
I moved to Honolulu in October 2002. I came here to clear my head, eat some sushi and visit some beaches. I needed a fresh outlook after a difficult senior year of college, not to mention countless years of battling a mild, long-lasting form of depression, which I would later learn is called dysthymia. I expected to stay for a year, relax and see a therapist.
This didn’t go quite according to plan. Anxiety and stress surfaced whenever i thought about the process of finding a therapist. The idea of ‘shopping for a shrink’ put knots in my stomach and kept me up at night. It was clear by then that I needed to see someone, but now, aside from trial and error, do I find the doctor that’s right for me? Fortunately, I got lucky. On my very first attempt, I found a doctor who was great.
I spent nearly three years in therapy and at the end I was declared ‘mostly cured.’ The depression I had dealt with since I was a child had all but vanished and it was agreed that whatever work remained, I could do on my own. I still work every day to be the person I want to be. Hawaiâ€˜i has been such an important part of my recovery that I truly feel like part of this place is in me. Maybe I’d feel that way about any other place I might have ended up seeing a therapist, it’s hard to say.
In the last two years, I’ve made much of my life about local politics and making this place better for residents and visitors. While I prefer detail, for the sake of this truncated essay, the list of accomplishments of which I am most proud include my work on the 2006 Akaka reelection campaign, my election to the Co-Chair position of the Progressive Democrats of Hawaiâ€˜i, and my work as Chair of the Registration and Credentials Committee for the 2008 State Democratic Convention.
My family and life long friends all remain on the mainland, but when I think about where I’d go, were to I return, no place seems quite right. I don’t feel I belong there anymore. My place is here. Hawaiâ€˜i is my home. It is for this reason that you are in receipt of my one and only law school application. Yes, I want to attend law school. Yes, I want to work in Hawaiâ€˜i and life in Hawaiâ€˜i. Regardless of the acceptance letter I hope to receive, neither of these facts will change, nor will my determination to struggle for those things I believe to be right or my commitment give back to this place that has made me the person I am today.
Thank you for your consideration.